Monthly Archives: December 2016


Moriarty's Baked Apples | Sherlock

Moriarty’s Baked Apples | Sherlock

Can you believe there’s less than a week until the start of Sherlock series 4?! And since a new series of Sherlock is literally as rare as a blue moon, I couldn’t pass up this chance to concoct a special dessert. This dish is inspired by everyone’s favorite consulting criminal, Jim Moriarty. Stuffed with gingerbread and chocolate, these tender baked apples are a peculiarly delightful combination of sweet, tart, and spicy. Simple to make, Moriarty’s Baked Apples are the perfect treat for marathoning Sherlock or a fun dessert to make for a premier party.


A freshly baked chocolate lava cake with ice cream.

Chocolate Orange Lava Cake

It just isn’t Christmas without oranges. A garland of dried oranges speckled with cloves. A simmering pot of wassail with fresh orange slices. And let’s not forget the orange in the stocking on Christmas morning. One of my favorite orange-y Christmas treats is Terry’s chocolate oranges. My family usually buys loads to give out as Christmas presents to friends and family, so we always have a couple boxes leftover after the holidays. This chocolate orange lava cake is a delicious way to use up any chocolate oranges you may have sitting around. Because what could be more Christmas-y than oranges, […]


Fresh glögg and lussebullar.

Saint Lucia Day Party

The 13th of December marks Saint Lucia Day, a festival of light and hope in Scandinavian countries. Coinciding with the winter solstice, Saint Lucia Day honors Saint Lucy, who brought food and aid to Christians hiding in catacombs from persecution by the Roman empire. Seeing as I have Scandinavian ancestors and Swedish friends, I’ve always wanted to throw a Saint Lucia Day party. I’ve put together some adorable crafts and delicious recipes that kids are sure to love! Besides getting everyone in the Christmas spirit, a Saint Lucia Day party is also the perfect opportunity to teach kids about a […]


Decongestant Shower Melts

Decongestant Shower Melts

Tis the season for stuffy noses! Fa la la la la, la la…Ah-choo! The classic cold. That pesky influenza virus. And my personal favorite, sinus infections. All of these friendly, little germs will likely make an appearance at your annual Christmas party. These decongestant shower melts combine the soothing properties of VapoRub with the benefits of essential oils like peppermint and eucalyptus. Add in some good, old-fashioned steam and the snot doesn’t stand a chance. So if you’re suffering from a stuffy nose or just looking for a thoughtful holiday gift, check out these refreshing shower melts!


A line of Christmas pajama stockings.

DIY Christmas Pajama Stockings

There’s nothing more magical and exhilarating than a home decorated for Christmas. A tree draped in ornaments, colorful lights twinkling all around, and a line of stockings hanging above a glowing fireplace. Just thinking about it makes you want to put on a pair of warm, soft Christmas pajamas and curl up with some hot chocolate and a plate of cookies. And if you’re looking for some new stockings or a unique gift, you’ve come to the right place. These adorable Christmas pajama stockings perfectly capture the warmth and comfort of the holiday season.